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Whistler Writers Fest Spring events

May 16th, 2022

The Whistler Writers Festival begins its Spring reading events in June with a mix of in-person and online presentations.

First up is An Evening of Stories & Songs in the Mountains on Thursday, June 16 at the Maury Young Arts Centre.

Featured writers include CBC radio host Grant Lawrence with his new book A Return to Solitude (Harbour Publishing $26.95) that recounts his experiences with family and eccentric characters at Desolation Sound.

Also of note is Whistler’s Chad Sayers, the author of Overexposure: A Story About a Skier (RMB $60) a coffee-table style book with lavish photography. Sayers will talk about his story of risk, the beauty of nature, and his journey through a change in consciousness.

Other authors include Plains Cree writer and National Poet Laureate Louise B. Half – Sky Dancer who employs Indigenous spirituality, black comedy and the memories of her own childhood as healing arts in Bear Bones & Feathers; and Barbadian-Canadian writer Jasmine Sealy who will discuss her debut novel, The Island of Forgetting, a generational saga about love and the ways the trauma of a family’s past can haunt its future. Woven throughout the evening is a performance by Dustin Bentall and the Blue Wranglers, a bluegrass band.

Event details:
Date: Thursday, June 16
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Buy $25 in-person tickets (Maury Young Arts Centre)
Buy $10 online tickets (Zoom)


Nicola Bentley

A second event is Elevated Awareness — Engaging Creativity Through Mindfulness on Saturday, June 18 from 2-3:30 pm at the Whistler Public Library, and online. Led by Nicola Bentley, a local mindfulness facilitator and mentor, this creative writing workshop will provide advice to writers for ways to develop fresh energy, new ideas and new insights.

From publicity: “Bentley will help participants use mindful awareness as a tool to elevate consciousness and attention. Honing the ability to observe, to clear away mental distractions and to connect with inner wisdom informs creativity and enriches our lives. With mindfulness, we can more deeply engage in our world and experiences. Come prepared to observe, listen, meditate, write, read, and discover.” 

For ticket information visit: https://whistlerwritersfest.com/spring-reading-series/.

The Whistler Writers Festival runs Oct. 13-16 in-person in Whistler, and online. Find all the latest information at www.whistlerwritersfest.com.


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